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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: "SEC Bound," GoTopless rally and the tailgating plans for Georgia fans

Sunday, September 2, 2012 | 6:55 p.m. CDT; updated 2:01 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 3, 2012

COLUMBIA — Stories about the city's first GoTopless rally, a music video from the "We Are Mizzou" creators and MU football were some of the most popular this week. Readers also spent time looking at articles about a 50-foot-tall tree being cut down in Lions-Stephens Park, the Missourian's digital suite of apps and an opinion piece about Paul Ryan's effect on the GOP ticket. Here's a look at the 10 most popular stories published last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.

  1. The MU students behind "We Are Mizzou," released another music video called "SEC Bound" on Wednesday. Unlike "We Are Mizzou," the new song is country, not rap and focuses on MU football. (4,409 page views)
  2. Readers also took an interest in a story about the Aug. 26 GoTopless rally. GoTopless has held rallies for five years, but this was the first one in Columbia. People in the GoTopless movement think women should have the right to go topless in public, too. (3,690 page views)
  3. A story about tailgating events Georgia fans have planned for next week's game also garnered attention. The events, including 700 Georgia fans on MU's Lowry Mall, will showcase the Southeastern Conference's tailgating culture. (3,223 page views)
  4. Reporter Mike Vorel's story about MU's first football game of the season was popular with Missourian readers. MU scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and beat Southeastern Louisiana 62-10. (1,509 page views)
  5. The Farmer's Almanac went on sale this past week, and Missourian readers got to know about the mystery surrounding the man who makes forecasts for this 196-year-old almanac. He writes under the pseudonym Caleb Weatherbee and keeps both his real name and hometown a secret. (1,368 page views)
  6. This past Sunday, editor Tom Warhover wrote about the Missourian's new digital suite of apps and digital subscription service. The apps are designed to make the Missourian's website easier to use on mobile devices. With the new digital subscription service, articles will also be free for the first 24 hours after they are posted and then available to people who have purchased a subscription.  (1,308 page views)
  7. Readers also looked at upgrades at Memorial Stadium for the football season. The Missouri athletics department announced a $200 million plan to renovate the university's athletic facilities. Most of the upgrades are at least a year away, but some improvements were made in time for Saturday's game. (1,187 page views)
  8. Residents of the Benton-Stephens neighborhood bid farewell to a swamp white oak that was cut down. The top of the 50-foot-tall tree fell off years ago, and the remaining hole allowed water to seep in and start rotting the wood. City workers cut the tree down because it was becoming a safety hazard. (1,126 page views)
  9. J. Karl Miller's column about what Paul Ryan adds to the GOP ticket was also well read by Missourian readers. Miller thinks Ryan brings youth and vibrancy to the campaign and has demonstrated understanding of issues such as the Affordable Care Act and the budget. (1,104 page views)
  10. A story about MU football finishes off the list. Monday, Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel announced that running back Henry Josey would not play this season. Josey, a junior, injured his left knee during a game against Texas last season. He underwent surgeries after he was hurt and again in the spring. Josey is expected to make a full recovery. (914 page views)

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